Cortegada: an island with history and nature
The parish of Santiago de Carril belongs to the municipality of Vilagarcía de Arousa. Its historic port, commercially linked during the 17th to 19th centuries to the city of Santiago de Compostela, was the departure point for Galician emigration to America. Opposite it and a short
The Arousa estuary
The Arousa estuary is the largest of all the Galician estuaries and forms part of the Rías Baixas. The rivers Ulla and Umia flow into it, and its waters are home to the best seafood banks in all of Europe, especially the Carril clams.
The Pyrenean landscape of the Way of Saint James
The first stage of the French Way enters Spain through Saint Jean Pied de Port, a French town in the Atlantic Pyrenees. Pilgrims who start their journey to Santiago de Compostela here can enjoy two stages of Pyrenean scenery.
The tourist island of La Toja
The island of La Toja, Toxa in Galician, is located at the end of the Arosa or Arousa estuary. The island is opposite the Pontevedra town of El Grove, from which it is separated by a channel about 100 metres wide.
Beyond the Way: the magical landscapes of Galicia
Galicia's nature is much more extensive than the mountainous area and the extensive meadows that the Way of Saint James crosses. For this reason, it is recommended that, once the tomb of the apostle Saint James is visited, a few days should be devoted to discovering
The nature of Galicia: the landscapes of the Way of Saint James
The pilgrimage to the tomb of the apostle Saint James is of spiritual, cultural and gastronomic interest, but it also allows pilgrims to reconnect with nature. After leaving behind the landscapes of the Castilian-Leonese plateau, the Way makes its way through mountains and lush forests.
Beyond the Way: Indispensable sites in Castilla y León
The extension of Castilla y León makes it a territory with a very rich biodiversity and a lot of nature to enjoy. Pilgrims who have time to extend their journey and deviate from the traditional itinerary can visit some of the most precious enclaves of Burgos,
The biodiversity of Castilla y León through the Way
Through the town of Redecilla del Camino, the Way of Saint James enters Castilla y León to cross its territories during sixteen stages. The Jacobean Route leaves behind the landscapes of La Rioja and enters the Castilian plateau, crossing Burgos, Palencia and León.
The nature of La Rioja through the Way of Saint James
After crossing the landscapes of Navarra, the Way of Saint James enters the Autonomous Community of La Rioja. The Pilgrim's Way crosses the territory at its northern end, and pilgrims can enjoy its nature from the seventh stage, a day that ends in Logroño, the capital
Landscapes along the Pilgrim’s Way through Navarra
The first Autonomous Community crossed by the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago is Navarra. During seven stages, the pilgrim crosses its territories from east to west. Along the route, the Pyrenean mountain landscape gives way to extensive valleys accompanied by numerous rivers and streams.